Rare animal reared in Wolves

A biology student from Wolverhampton is looking after the only hand reared palawan binturong in the UK. The Binturong is a large, heavy animal that can grow to more than a meter long and found in South-East Asia.

Endangered mammal hand reared in Wolverhampton

Also known as the Bearcat, the Asian Bearcat and the Asian Civet. Credit: ITV News Central

A biology student from Wolverhampton is looking after the only hand reared palawan binturong in the UK.

The mammal, an endangered species from South-East Asia, is being cared for by 21-year-old Zac Hollinshead, who has moved in to a new home near Wolverhampton and brought dozens of animals with him. These include snakes, reptiles, birds of prey and small animals such as a mercat.

Baloo – named after the character from the Jungle Book, is one of only 10 palawan binturongs in the country.

The Binturong is a large, heavy animal that can grow to more than a meter long, with females being up to 20% bigger and heavier than their male counterparts.

They belong to the same family as other small carnivores including Civets, Genets, Mongooses and Fossa. Credit: ITV News Central

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